Hope in the Dark: The Untold History of People Power

Hope in the Dark: The Untold History of People Power

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By (author) Rebecca Solnit

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 16mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 16 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1841956600
  • ISBN 13: 9781841956602
  • Edition statement: Main
  • Sales rank: 127,055

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At a time when political, environmental and social gloom can seem overpowering, this remarkable work offers a lucid, affirmative and well-argued case for hope. Tracing a history of activism and social change over the past five decades - including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Zapatista uprising in Mexico to Seattle in 1999, and the worldwide marches against the war in Iraq - Solnit proposes a vision of cause-and-effect relations that provides new grounds for political engagement. Solnit's book is accessible and essential reading. Drawing from thinkers of the last century - including Woolf, Ghandi, Borges, Benjamin and Havel. She creates a manifesto for optimism for the twenty-first century and gives us all true reasons to never surrender.

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Rebecca Solnit has written seven acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Motion Studies:Time, Space and Eadweard Muybridge (Bloomsbury) and Wanderlust: A History of Walking (Verso). An activist, columnist and cultural historian, she has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lannan Literary Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in San Francisco.

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* This is a book to be cherished, something to keep close at hand for those dark moments when you wonder whether the world really is a better place than it was 50 years ago. Independent on Sunday * Her passionate defence of direct action is a refreshingly corrective, while, crucially, her celebration of people power is proactive rather than complacent. Metro * A jewel of a book. Solnit reveals where we were, where we are, and the step-by-step advances that have been made in human rights, as we stubbornly stumble out of the darkness. Studs Terkel * A short, elegant, passionate polemic on the history and future of progressive political engagement. -- Robert Macfarlane Guardian